Sunday, October 10, 2010
Teen Driving: What Happens When They Lose Their Keys?
Have you ever locked your keys in the car or simply lost your keys? What do you do? Of course years ago the hanger was a simple solution, however with newer model cars, you can potentially damage them that way.
Safety matters in all situations and when your teen hits the road solo it can be a moment of stress and anxiety for most parents. However many have been called when they have lost their keys or locked them in the car? It is a call, although it could be so much worse, it is stressful and time consuming.
Many parents have a membership to AAA which can save you a lot of money and grief, since getting help is only a toll-free call away and usually the costs are minimum.
Some insurance plans also offer emergency roadside services.
American Family Insurance offers a fantastic Teen Safer Driver Program which highlights many factors in keeping your teens safe behind the wheel.
Having a duplicate key is always helpful. Many have had success with the magnetic box that they can hide outside of the car. In other situations, a parent will have to drive out and give them the spare key.
What happens when there is only one key, that is now lost - you have a newer car and it is the weekend (meaning most dealerships are closed on Sundays), especially in St. Augustine? Yes, you first make the call to the locksmith, then to the towing company, then to Coggins Honda - who will be staffed Monday morning. In the meantime your teen is homebound for the rest of the weekend.
That in itself can be very good consequences.
The moral of this article: If you haven't taught your teen about how to be responsible with their car keys, you better remind them now. Until this happens to you, you have no idea how inconvenient a simple missing car key can be.
Be an educated parent, it will save you a lot of time!